What data do I keep and why do I need it?
Your personal/contact details, such as: Your name, address, email address and phone number. I will contact you on your preferred method, however, if I am having difficulty in contacting you, I will use the other options. Your next of kin details: Someone who I can contact if you were suddenly taken ill during the session. Doctors details: I may need to contact your doctor, if I thought you were at risk to yourself or others. If I am able, I would ask your permission first.
Client access, data storage, use and disposal
It is very unlikely I will share your data. Our work is confidential, in nature, with a few exceptions; if you are harming yourself or others, if you are involved in criminal activity or terrorism. I may have to share information if my notes are ordered by a court of law. I have a supervisor where I share my work or concerns, but your identity will remain anonymous. Personal information and process notes are stored separately, and any paperwork is stored securely under lock and key. At the end of counselling your personal information will be securely destroyed after one month and the process notes will be securely destroyed after 3 years. Any texts or emails will be deleted within one month of finishing. I have also appointed a clinical executor. In the unfortunate event I can no longer work, due to death, a serious illness or overwhelming personal circumstances, they will have access to your details and will get in touch with you. You have the right to access all information stored about you, have amended or have destroyed. I will respond to any such request made within 14 days.